– Thomas W. Gilbert, AIA, REFP
Our architectural firm understands that great design benefits all and our team is committed to architecture that makes a difference. Community ownership and engagement in the process and outcome of design are the best measure of a project’s success. Together, our team has been responsible for over 230 major, and hundreds of minor, educational facility projects with a total value of over 2.5 billion dollars in construction cost.
Thomas W. Gilbert, AIA, REFP
Education: Syracuse University School of Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture 1973
Tom understands that good design benefits all and his lifelong commitment to architecture has made a difference. For Tom, community ownership and engagement in the process and outcome of design are the best measure of a project’s success. He has been responsible for, and has provided oversight to, over 230 major and 400 minor educational facility projects with a total value of over 2.5 billion dollars in construction cost. These projects include everything from specialized educational planning to designing award-winning new facilities, renovations, and additions. Tom’s widespread knowledge of site conditions, energy-efficient mechanical systems, and state reimbursements is used as a resource for each project.
I am passionate about my wife, our sons, our dog Oscar, and all of our Gilbert Architects family. As a child, I was raised on the water, and developed a lifelong love of the Chesapeake Bay where currently we spend much of our time on our boat “Mahalo” getting together with our friends. I love fishing, gardening, and cooking with my wife, where I am the grill master and I love golf, especially watching my youngest son play competitively. I am also a huge “Jimmy Buffett” fan. I enjoy exploring the Caribbean Islands and getting in touch with my Norwegian seafaring ancestors.
Scott A. Adams
Education: Virginia Tech, Bachelor of Architecture, 1992
After graduating with honors (Magna Cum Laude), Scott quickly became a specialist in educational facility design. As a Studio Director, Scott handles project coordination with clients, interior designers, and engineers through all phases of design. Scott has considerable design and BIM experience, as well as preparing construction documents and state agency forms.
Family provides the foundation that keeps me grounded when not working. A wife, daughter and son keep me busy and laughing with their activities and personalities. To relax, I enjoy reading, music and movies as well as projects around the house.
Rod Frey, Jr., Assoc. AIA
Education: Drexel University, Bachelor of Architecture, 2001
Rod brings over 30 years of educational design experience to Gilbert Architects with extensive knowledge of construction documents, models, and color presentations. As a Studio Director, he is intimately involved with the overall project design, working directly with the client to establish the program, schedule, and budget. He has oversight of project managers and architects, construction administrators, consultants, and support staff to ensure quality assurance and client satisfaction.
When I am not working I am spending time with my wife and son and other family members. I also enjoy exploring the various rails-to-trails bike trails, and trout and pier fishing.
Steven M. Knaub, Jr., AIA, LEED AP
Education: Drexel University, Bachelor of Architecture, 2003
With over 20 years of architectural design experience, including commercial construction experience, Steven has designed and managed a variety of projects including educational facilities, government and military facilities, retirement communities, religious facilities, and commercial establishments. As a Senior Project Manager, Steven’s responsibilities include surveying, design, equipment and material research, construction documentation, as well as coordination with clients, consultants, and contractors from preliminary design through construction administration.
I'm an avid cyclist and runner, a sci-fi aficionado, and a maker. I get satisfaction from designing and making all types of things, from buildings to costumes for my children. When our busy schedule affords it, my wife and I like to attend live music and comedy together.
Together our team:
- Considers a school’s academic needs and goals, as well as how a space affects the social and emotional growth of students.
- Works closely with educators, to fully understand an educational community’s programs and culture.
- Conducts educational planning, including feasibility studies.
- Administers an analysis of demographic studies and enrollment projections, and the development of educational specifications.
- Creatively incorporates sustainable design elements.
Each lead architect is intimately involved with the overall project design working directly with the client to establish the program, schedule, and budget. This includes managing of project architects, managers, construction administrators, consultants, and support staff to ensure quality assurance and client satisfaction.